The wood-roach is chestnut brown in color with pronotal shield, found behind the head, and forewings edged in white. The male is fully winged and a good flier whereas the female’s wings are smaller, covering about half of the abdomen. The ootheca, an egg capsule, is yellowish brown. The female will deposit the ootheca under loose bark of dead trees, stumps, fallen logs and other protected areas of that nature. The female produces about 30 oothecae each containing up to 32 eggs. The developmental time usually takes about a year but can take two years. The Wood roach is typically an outdoor species found in the same locations that the oothecae are laid at. They have also been found in cedar-shake shingles, siding and gutters. If found inside, it is likely they were brought in. They rarely breed or survive indoors. Males are usually inactive during the day but can be found flying around lights at night. The Wood-roach is known to prefer sweets as its food source.